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Octave Chanute

Octave Chanute was an American civil engineer and aviation pioneer. He provided many budding enthusiasts, including the Wright brothers, with help and advice, and helped to publicize their flying experiments. At his death he was hailed as the father of aviation and the heavier-than-air flying machine... Read More

Born18 February 1832
Paris, Kingdom of France
Died23 November 1910 (aged 78)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
OccupationCivil engineer, railway engineer and bridge designer, aviation pioneer
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